Within the Maxwelton watershed is a unique wetland habitat for native plants and wildlife. There is a unique building built of heavy timber, rugged furniture, a building that is properly designed in a setting among tall trees. The outdoor siding on the building consist of square tiles with embossed salmon on each tile; the salmon on the tiles have been colorfully painted by the Whidbey Island students. The building is where young students gather in the spring to learn about native plants, wildlife and the life cycle of the salmon that habitat our waters.
The Maxwelton creek meanders through the preserve emptying into Puget Sound salt waters, where salmon hopefully will enter into the creek in the fall. But, due to flood gates near the salt water shore, the salmon are not able to enter through the gates.
Early this morning, I strolled the trail through the preserve to see if the creek had overflowed into the wooded area after last nights heavy rains. The creek was healthy, strong, full of ripples, swells, full of color and nutrients and within its borders. There is an old dark hollowed out stump covered with bright florescent green/yellow moss and young sword ferns thriving on the dampness and shade from the tall trees.